Ampullary adenomyoma presenting as acute recurrent pancreatitis

Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Soon Chun Hyang University Cheonan Hospital 23-20 Bongmyung-dong, Cheonan, Choongnam 330-721, Korea.
World Journal of Gastroenterology (Impact Factor: 2.37). 06/2007; 13(20):2892-4.
Source: PubMed


Adenomyoma is a term generally applied to nodular lesions showing proliferation of both epithelial and smooth muscle components. Despite its benign nature, ampullary adenomyoma is usually presented as biliary obstruction. Most cases are misdiagnosed as carcinoma or adenoma by preoperative endoscopic or radiologic procedure. Therefore, it is frequently treated with extensive surgery. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case in English literature of adenomyoma located in the peripancreatic orifice resulting in intermittent pancreatic duct obstruction and recurrent pancreatitis diagnosed by the endoscopic piecemeal resection.

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